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DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

The History of Spiritualism.

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Published: New York George H. Doran Company, 1926

Stock Code: 127293

£1,750
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Notes

First US edition, second printing, signed by the author, "Yours sincerely, Arthur Conan Doyle", on the title page. The 1920s were, for Doyle, "dominated by a world crusade to evangelise for spiritualism" (ODNB); this, Doyle's most important book on Spiritualism, is a comprehensive history of the beginnings of the movement which so fascinated him. It provides vivid sketches of famous mediums such as the Fox sisters, Charles Foster, and Madame d'Esperance; analyses of various evidential methods such as spirit photography, ectoplasm, and mould taking; detailed accounts of the "Hydesville Rappings" and the Davenport Brothers's "spirit cabinet"; as well as essays on "French, German, and Italian Spiritualism" and "Spiritualism and the War".
The "B" on the copyright page and lack of the "GHD" symbol in the colophon of the same indicate this copy to be the second printing, issued the same year as the first.

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Description

2 volumes, large octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, publisher's device blind-stamped to front boards, edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

8 plates to each volume.

Condition

A near-fine copy, spine ends and corners slightly bruised, endpapers faintly tanned, the contents bright and clean, some bleedthrough to subsequent pages from the author's signature.

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